IS 78 Roy H. Mann

Grades 6-8

What’s Special

Three bands, drama, cooking

The Downside

Working to improve school culture

Our Review

At Roy H. Mann students can learn to cook or play an instrument in one of three school bands. High achievers find challenging academics in one of three gifted programs. This school struggles with disrespect, bullying and low test scores, but the environment is improving under new leadership and hopefully test scores will follow.

Anthony Cusumano, formerly a social studies teacher and assistant principal at the school, became principal in December 2012. School surveys show that teachers respect his management. Although students report friction among peers, attendance is improving and parent workshops address themes like peer pressure. The school website is informative and full of spirit, sprinkled with photos and lists of academic goals in every subject area.

About half the students are enrolled in the mainstream "Gateway" program, where 6th graders remain in the classroom of one teacher for most academic courses, giving the teacher more time to get to know the kids. Math classes are divided by skill level.

The rest of the students are enrolled in one of three programs for high academic achievers based on test scores. The Center for the Intellectually Gifted (CIG) is the most accelerated, followed by the Excelsior, and the Center for Advanced Placement (CAP). CIG students participate in all Regents level courses and must maintain a 90% average in all classes.

According to the school's quality review, teachers are working on better reaching their speediest and slowest learners. Afterschool programs are offered for living environment, algebra and earth science Regents preparation, and a French class meets for 90 minutes once a week. Students who have fallen behind can get help afterschool and on Saturdays.

For fun, the website urges even students with no experience to try the 6th grade Mustang Band and work their way up to the more select Jazz Ensemble. In 2013 Roy Mann students played at Symphony Space Performing Arts Center at the 7th Annual Children's Festival of Russian Culture.

Facilities include a dance studio, a kitchen, computer labs, science labs, a gym, library and auditorium. Success Academy Bergen Beach charter school will share the building and some of these common areas beginning Fall 2014.

Madison, Midwood and Leon Goldstein high schools are popular choices for graduates.

Special education: Every grade has a Integrated Co-Teaching class, in which special needs and general education children learn side-by-side. The school also has self-contained classes for special education children only.

Admissions:Admission to the Center for the Intellectually Gifted is determined by a combination of factors making up a "composite score"the final 4th grade report card counts for 40 percent, state tests 40 percent, attendance ten percent and student performance measures ten percent.; the other honors programs require teacher recommendations and students' transcripts. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data, school website, April 2014; admissions updated January 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
588
Asian
7.3%
Black
69.9%
Hispanic
8.7%
White
12.6%
Other
1.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
82%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
8%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Success Academy Bergen Beach Charter School
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
76%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
21%
20% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
91%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
13%
28% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
68%
43% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.6
6.0 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
98%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
96%
88% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
97%
82% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
100%
72% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
96% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
97%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
13%
27% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
21%
30% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music and Visual arts
This school has 6 licensed arts teachers in Visual arts (part-time), Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
92%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
81%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
91%
72% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
13%
26% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
88%
84% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Edward R. Murrow HS, James Madison HS, and Midwood HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
3%
5% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
5%
14% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.77
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.87
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.87
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.02
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
1.81
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.04
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
95%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
87%
88% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
96%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
96%
90% Citywide Average
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